Thanksgiving Fun

Christian living Comments: 8

iStock_000014567744XSmallI absolutely adore this photo. It contains so many things that I love about this time of year–fall colors, pumpkins, children, haystacks, and cooler weather. Babies have a way of making me smile. They’re very “in the moment.” They’re not worried about Thanksgiving dinner or whether it will rain as they’re driving across the great state of Texas.

Which is pretty much how we’re commanded to be. In Luke 12:25, Christ reminds us, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” And He goes farther than that by promising us peace. Colossians 3:15. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

What do you think? Would you care to join me in not worrying? Allowing Christ’s peace to rule? Being thankful? I think it’s a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving.




Christmas Crafts

crafts, Quilting Comments: 8

IMG_2853If you read Amish fiction, chances are that you prefer to keep things simple! Is that even possible with the Christmas season? Well, maybe. I like to think it is. One of the ways we can keep things simple is to make a few gifts. A homemade gift is a treasure. It’s something especially made with a specific person in mind. And it’s even better if you can make it from supplies you already have at home. Here’s a few things I worked on recently. Continue reading

Harvest House Publishers

Amish fiction, Harvest House Publishers

I had the pleasure of visiting my publisher Harvest House in Eugene, Oregon this week. What a fun time! I thought I’d share with you a few things I learned while there.

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Christian living, plainmiracles

Happy handicapped woman on a wheelchair over a green meadowAnna’s Healing is a story about a miracle. So I thought that today I would ask you, do you believe in miracles?

Some of us might have experienced miracles in our life. Some have prayed for miracles that never happened. And others aren’t sure about this whole idea of God reaching down and changing something important, just for us.

When I began writing Anna’s Healing (which is now available everywhere books are sold), I wanted to address this important topic. After all, we’re a highly advanced, technological society. But what about our faith? Do we still believe that God can heal? And if so, why are some people healed but other people aren’t? These are all tough questions. If you read Anna’s Healing, you’ll understand my beliefs on the topic, as a writer’s beliefs always come through.

But for today, I’m wondering about you.

Do you believe in miracles?


ps – be sure and check out my HOME page for information about new give-aways.


Amish fiction, plainmiracles, Project Linus

Anna’s Healing and Project Linus

Wow! Anna’s Healing is shipping to a store near you and will be available everywhere by October 1. I’m pretty excited. But I’m even more excited to tell you about Project Linus, which greatly influenced the writing of this book. One of the PL coordinators, graciously offered to answer a few questions for me. Thank you, Melissa E. Later this month, we’ll be giving away some great PL stuff, and we’ll also provide a link where you can purchase Anna’s Healing and have a portion of the proceeds go to PL. Now for our interview:


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Happy Labor Day

Christian living, UFO Challenge

labor dayA short post today to thank you for your work. Whether it is in a classroom, a patrol car, a hospital, a home or a hundred other places, thank you for the work you do.

My prayer is that this Labor Day weekend will be a restful and safe one. I would love to hear what job you have (or had). I’ll start–I worked as an office manager for 10 years, a stay-at-home mom for 5, and a teacher for 15. I’ve been a full time writer for the past 5. All were great jobs, and I appreciate that the Lord led me to them. How about you? It always amazes me to hear what profession people have. Leave a comment below, and Happy Labor Day.



ps – If you’re participating in the Crafting UFO challenge, our number for September is 10. I’ve pinned my August projects here.